Need advice on a certain type of bag?

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dog house riley
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Need advice on a certain type of bag?
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Hey folks, maybe some of you can turn me on to a certain type of bag, I have my D700 with grip, and a "L" bracket, my lens set up for 90& of my shooting is my Nikon 20 35 2.8, 50 1.4 G lens and 85 1.8 G lens and a older Nikon 70 210 D lens.

Now with a shoulder bag or sling or back pack will work, my problem is when I find a bag to fit everything its not deep enough for the body with grip, when I find a bag to fit the body with the grip its then a bag that accommodates lens as long as 70 200 2.8, I cannot find a bad thats deep enough for a pro size body with grip and the "L" bracket, and small assortment of compact lenses.

Anyone run into this problem? too small or to large?? the bag companies don't seem to think that not everyone carries a 70 200 2.8 lens with a pro size body.

Thanks, I've spent more money in the last 20 years on bag? than cameras well ! so it seems. I have think tank Domke, and Tamrack and Lowepro, all either one way or the other, and I like the grip on the body.

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dog house riley wrote:

Hey folks, maybe some of you can turn me on to a certain type of bag, I have my D700 with grip, and a "L" bracket, my lens set up for 90& of my shooting is my Nikon 20 35 2.8, 50 1.4 G lens and 85 1.8 G lens and a older Nikon 70 210 D lens.

Now with a shoulder bag or sling or back pack will work, my problem is when I find a bag to fit everything its not deep enough for the body with grip, when I find a bag to fit the body with the grip its then a bag that accommodates lens as long as 70 200 2.8, I cannot find a bad thats deep enough for a pro size body with grip and the "L" bracket, and small assortment of compact lenses.

Anyone run into this problem? too small or to large?? the bag companies don't seem to think that not everyone carries a 70 200 2.8 lens with a pro size body.

Thanks, I've spent more money in the last 20 years on bag? than cameras well ! so it seems. I have think tank Domke, and Tamrack and Lowepro, all either one way or the other, and I like the grip on the body.

"dog house riley"

Maybe it's not for everyone, and maybe it just for me.  I find carrying a hard case (Samsonite) provides better protection than a "bag".  Therefore, I create my own layout, with flexibility to change configuration very important to me.   I have added a D600 to my collection.  If I want to carry all my gears, I use a larger American Tourist hard case.  Using the larger case I don't have to separate the 400mm lens from the D3s.

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I just purchased the Vanguard Heralder 38 - it is a Messenger type shoulder bag very adjustable with plenty of pockets and compartments for gear.  It should be able to hold exactly what you are looking for.  It offers a quick access zipper on top so you can get to your gear without having to fully open the bag.  The shoulder strap is very comfortable and has an extra strap for support.  I took a chance purchasing it but all the reviews I had read about it were good.  I am very happy with my purchase.

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I did a lot of looking around last year for a bag with similar requirements as what you're describing. I ended up going with a Tamrac 608. I love it. It tends to be my all-in-one bag, and honestly it stays at home most of the time because it's way more than I usually need to bring with me. I have a Lowepro Slingshot for days when I need to be more mobile.

This bag has the "Lens Bridge" dividers, which lets you lay a long lens down horizontally. It also has velcro running horizontally so that you can make a compartment split-level. I did that with the far-left section, so I could put an SB-600 under the body. I've never used a bracket, but I imagine that if I removed that horizontal divider I may be able to fit one.

What you're looking at in these pics:

  • D600 w/ grip
  • Nikon 80-200 AF-D w/ hood (mounted)
  • 50 1.8
  • 35 1.8
  • Nikon 18-55 3.5-5.6
  • Tamron 28-75 2.8
  • Nikon SB-600 (under the body)

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Bag advice..........

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I've recently purchased an F-Stop Guru.  It's a backpack-style so don't know that it's what you want, but it's excellent. It fits a D700 or D800 with grip and a 16-35 attached, as well as carrying a 50mm f1.8, a 24-120 and ancillary bits and pieces.  It has accessory straps for carrying tripods, and seems very well constructed. I've tried all styles of bags and for me the backpack is the most convenient and it's easy on the back and shoulders.

The company uses as system of removable compartments that slip into the bags, and the rest of the bag is available for other things.  You can actually change the bag dynamics from small to large carrying capacity simply by changing the internal units.

F-Stop make bigger bags, but this one is great for day-trips.  (I have a LowePro Pro Trekker when I need to carry everything.)

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Hello

Here is mine for all my gear or D700/D800 + 70-200 +tc20III

lot of combinaisons

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53625375

best regards Eric

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Folks! thanks for your responses, I thought more about it and said to myself, "I have saved bags for years" I placed them in a good old  wal-mart plastic container, so I went out to the barn and in the top was my plastic container with about 6 or 7 old camera bags, I brought them into the house and started removing the dividers inside and found a shell that was a right size and began trying those dividers till I came up with a bag I liked, so I call it either a LO-RAC, or a TAM-LO!

I made my own bag from a bunch of others its a Lowe pro shell and a combination Tamrac lens bridges and other dividers. Works quite nice, I have my D700 with the 50 1.4 hood reversed, ready to grab and the 20 35 2.8 and 70 210 at the far end and the 85 1.8 and even my old Tokina 17 3.5 in the middle and its pretty compact on the outside plenty room inside, well a little snug with the width of the D700 and the "L" bracket but all else okay. So I saved myself some money and have a cool "homemade" shoulder bag.

I have a small Lowe pro 150 back pack  I can get most items inside but I have to remove the grip! Anyway I thank you for your help, just glad I saved those old bags from many tries at perfection, this is not the first bag I've made, I have a "fanny pack" I made years ago, for a small camera and two small lenses and flash, I've yet to find one better on market.

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I used a Tamrac 706 for over 10 years. A very decent bag that can hold a lot more than people think. It's nominally a shoulder bag, but the reason I kept using it was that my (older) version had a hideaway waist strap. Putting a shoulder bag with a fair amount of stuff in it just makes my shoulder hurt after a bit. And after twice that bit, both of my shoulders hurt. What I would do is use the bag as a shoulder bag when shooting, but otherwise make it back into a waist bag for hiking to and from where ever I was shooting.

Ultimately it was just to uncomfortable for long periods (which I think would happen with every shoulder bag ever made). A backpack with two straps spreading the weight is a lot better, but too inconvenient.

My goal became to find a waist bag, and it had to fit a camera with a grip too. I resolved to force myself to limit camera gear on walks to only that which would fit in the bag.

The answer for me was the Think Tank Speed Racer, which is the biggest of the three Think Tank waist bags. (The only one deep enough to hold a gripped DSLR). I have pics of it with the gear I carried at the time here: http://www.cjcphoto.net/misc2/speedracer.html

The size of the Speed Racer is deceptive.  It can hold more than you think, particularly when you add some modular add-on to the waist belt as I did.   While the weight is still comfortably carried on the waist, the weight of the bag pulls it down and off your back if you do not use the shoulder strap at the same time.   So I use the strap, which I wear crosswise (left shoulder to right waist).   I put my head through the shoulder strap, then buckle the waist strap in front of me.   When I want to work out of the bag, I simply rotate the entire thing around one side so that the bag is in front of me and the buckle is in back.   The bag is designed to be used that way, and as such the top flap opens away from the body.   This gives me two options not available with a backpack - I can work out of the bag standing up, and I don't have to take the bag off to sit down.  (Very handy in small planes and helicopters when shooting, or any type of public transportation.)

It has a couple of issues.   Like most (all?) Think Tank products, it come with a rain cover rather than being made of waterproof material.   Beside having to put a cover on, all the openings are covered up, so you can't really get into it with the cover on.   Also, the buckle isn't one of those that is quickly adjustable for size (like ones where you pull up on a tap and tighten or loosen the waist strap.) This means that once you have it adjusted for your waist size, putting on or removing a jacket makes it too tight or too loose.

It's a quality product, having now been used around the world with D200, D300, D700 and D800e, plus other stuff, for several years now.  Holding up like new.

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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

I used a Tamrac 706 for over 10 years. A very decent bag that can hold a lot more than people think. It's nominally a shoulder bag, but the reason I kept using it was that my (older) version had a hideaway waist strap. Putting a shoulder bag with a fair amount of stuff in it just makes my shoulder hurt after a bit. And after twice that bit, both of my shoulders hurt. What I would do is use the bag as a shoulder bag when shooting, but otherwise make it back into a waist bag for hiking to and from where ever I was shooting.

Ultimately it was just to uncomfortable for long periods (which I think would happen with every shoulder bag ever made). A backpack with two straps spreading the weight is a lot better, but too inconvenient.

My goal became to find a waist bag, and it had to fit a camera with a grip too. I resolved to force myself to limit camera gear on walks to only that which would fit in the bag.

The answer for me was the Think Tank Speed Racer, which is the biggest of the three Think Tank waist bags. (The only one deep enough to hold a gripped DSLR). I have pics of it with the gear I carried at the time here: http://www.cjcphoto.net/misc2/speedracer.html

The size of the Speed Racer is deceptive. It can hold more than you think, particularly when you add some modular add-on to the waist belt as I did. While the weight is still comfortably carried on the waist, the weight of the bag pulls it down and off your back if you do not use the shoulder strap at the same time. So I use the strap, which I wear crosswise (left shoulder to right waist). I put my head through the shoulder strap, then buckle the waist strap in front of me. When I want to work out of the bag, I simply rotate the entire thing around one side so that the bag is in front of me and the buckle is in back. The bag is designed to be used that way, and as such the top flap opens away from the body. This gives me two options not available with a backpack - I can work out of the bag standing up, and I don't have to take the bag off to sit down. (Very handy in small planes and helicopters when shooting, or any type of public transportation.)

It has a couple of issues. Like most (all?) Think Tank products, it come with a rain cover rather than being made of waterproof material. Beside having to put a cover on, all the openings are covered up, so you can't really get into it with the cover on. Also, the buckle isn't one of those that is quickly adjustable for size (like ones where you pull up on a tap and tighten or loosen the waist strap.) This means that once you have it adjusted for your waist size, putting on or removing a jacket makes it too tight or too loose.

It's a quality product, having now been used around the world with D200, D300, D700 and D800e, plus other stuff, for several years now. Holding up like new.

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Thanks, I liked your photos of how you use this waist belt. I had the Lowe pro Inverse 200 and sorry to say to me it was a joke, not only could I not get my D200 w/grip[before the D700] but it would not stay on my hip!

I do have a Think Tank shoulder bag, I like it but?? it seems its not deep enough to put just the essentials I like. It works fine for my D90 and just a couple lenses. I have a two very nice back packs or day packs, Lowe pro 150's $50.00 at Wal-mart, in one I carry my D90 the 10.5 Sigma 17 70 2.8 4.0 and 70 300VR, plus filters and SB 400 flash and or my right angle finder In the second I place my D700 minus the grip[I really like the grip] with my Nikon 20 35 2.8 50 1.4 85 1.8 G lenses and a old 70 210 D standing up, works fine for its length and width, its just not deep enough for a pro sized body, and it doesn't have a sternum strap, but I found one in my "junk box" and use it.

I think  i'll look into the "Speed racer" I like a waist pack best then back pack and least of all a shoulder bag, weight makes my shoulder and back hurt after just couple hours. Its keeping the waist pack from not "snugging up" to my back and staying there.

As you can see I don't carry the real heavy weight "stuff" all the time, I have had several back packs, a Lowe pro "minnie tracker" and a sling bag can't recall the name and right now I have Lowe pro flip side 200 and in it is my D2X and Nikon 400 3.5 and a old Nikon 35 135 zoom a Kenko 1.4 pro TC and small extension tube, and couple extras, that bag works just fine too.

Well I' glad you posted photos of the Speed Racer, I was aware of it but not familiar with its abilities.

I'm leaving for the Smoky Mtns. Sunday for a military reunion, and monday morning my wife and I plan on going to Cades Cove and maybe I'll get a bear shot? with the 400, with my D700.

I have begun to look into a upgrade in cameras and it might mean letting go of the D700[D610] or maybe a D9300 in its rumor form right now?? Plus one thing on my mind concerning a camera upgrade? is I have several old Nikon Film lenses, they have been great to use and I love the feel of older Nikon lenses, so! finding a suitable lens upgrade that won't break the bank.

Thoughts range to a 24 120 and "cutting loose" most of the older Nikons, thays with a D610, I'd kind of like a D800 series but cost and I don't want to have to upgrade my computer[a Mac] only 3 years old, so "whew" so many decisions, and I'm quitting my part time job this December and moving to full time retirement!!, So I have to go slowly, I've been watching and researching videos of the D800 series and I'm impressed.

Thanks for the good info when I return home in a week, then I'd like to look into the speed racer.

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